Turmeric or haldi, the yellow spice that adds a zing to our food, also has many health benefits. Used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines and food for centuries, it has recently become trendy again. Here are just some of the turmeric benefits in food or supplement form:
The basis of many of the health benefits of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. In traditional medicine it is made into a paste and applied to heal ring worm, acne and other skin ailments.
Helps beat pain
Curcumin, an essential component of turmeric helps reduce inflammation and joint pain for arthritis sufferers. It also helps muscles heal faster and reduces pain after working out.
Boosts Immune System
Turmeric’s anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help your immune system. It helps prevent a range of conditions including diabetes, ulcers and digestive disorders to name a few.
Use of turmeric may increase metabolic rate and help speed up weight loss. It also helps detoxify the liver and lower cholesterol levels.
Frequent use of turmeric may help prevent cancer. In research studies it has even been used to treat certain cancers. Again this is possible because the spice helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Protects the heart & stomach
By reducing inflammation in the heart tissues, the spice can also help heart health. It also helps keep reduce acidity and is recommended to people suffering from IBS and other stomach disorders.
Boosts mood & memory
Turmeric is also known to improve mood by enhancing serotonin levels. It also has the potential to improve memory, boost concentration and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s.
The properties of turmeric are too many enumerate, but there is more than enough reason to give this humble spice star billing. Add powdered turmeric to your smoothie, make haldi chai or simply enjoy it in food knowing you are making a healthier choice.